Reading Counting to D was an experience that I could not have predicted.
Basically, I loved it all. I cannot think of one thing that I would change about this story. The main character is Dyslexic, She is a Math genius who excels in almost all of her classes despite the fact that she is illiterate and has problems with spelling and reading the simplest words, ” Of ” for example. Reading the story from Sam’s POV was kind of mind boggling at times. When she describes how she learned to read I just let it all kinda.. settle into my brain.. just how difficult that has to be. The English language is hard enough as it is.. I mean really.. if you think about it it is honestly ridiculous. I got frustrated right along with her!
The additional cast of characters was perfect. Kate Scott didn’t create fake characters, some loved her and encouraged her, some made fun of and belittled her. They were all unique and added something to the story that needed to be there. Nate is adorable and the weirdest perfect fit I could have wanted for Sam as a reader. Sometimes I just wanted to shake him, and her for that matter. But I can’t deny how perfect it was. The characters in the story are not all what they appear to be at first glance. They all have layers to them that slowly get peeled away as the story goes on and Sam learns that she isn’t the only one hiding a bit of themselves.
This was a story about accepting who you are. About inner strength as well as understanding that it is ok to accept help. Kate Scott puts you inside the mind of a person with dyslexia and tries to show readers just how complicated it is. There were moments where I just had to pause and think ” ok, wow… how would you process that!?” It was a topic that I haven’t come across in YA before, i’m not saying there are no other books out there- I just hadn’t read any. I think it is a brilliant way to teach readers what this kind of situation would be like without it feeling like you are reading a textbook.
I feel like i’m only focusing on the learning aspect of the story.. really there is just so much more. It is a wonderful story of friendship, it has humor and just a bit of romance. I cannot express enough how much I recommend this story! Just to readers in general. It’s not just for YA readers, or contemporary fans, I think the uniqueness of it will appeal to a vast array of readers.
Another factoid that I love about Counting to D is that it is printed using a font that is specially designed to be easier to read for dyslexics.
Because I enjoyed this story so much I will be purchasing a copy for myself that I can share with family and friends. Therefor I am going to Give away the ARC copy that was provided to me! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter. If you are not interested in it for yourself but know someone who may like it please send them over so they can enter! ( Unfortunately because this is a physical copy I cannot ship outside of The US. I will offer up 1 Ebook Copy for a NON-US resident to win – will be sent after release date – February 11th )
***********Original review ***** There was nothing that I didn't love about this story. It had a unique MC that I fell in love with, an honest voice that I could relate to, surrounding characters that added to the story in their own way and just... An overall feel to the story that kept me interested and immersed. Full review to come very soon!!***...more